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inkbiz says

I hope you all are doing well. I downloaded a free custom Wordpress Theme so there’s no support for the installation of it. I’m hosted on Dreamhost and have tried setting up the theme and all went well.

However when I’m setting it up, I have to submit a sub-domain. What I want is an HTML site and the blog to be in the subdomain “blog” for instance.

Hopefully this screen shot can help clarify further. http://cguidophoto.com/install-shot.png

Which files can I upload to the blog section and which files do I used to build the HTML side of the site? Is the entire site to be hosted on Wordpress?

I need to get this squared away for a client. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing some thoughts.

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laranz says

Yeah your entire site will be hosted on wordpress, make some static page and show them on home page. Is the documentation of the theme present along with the download? If so you can read it.

To install follow this informations, http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Live/Knowledgebase/Article/View/269/55/my-wordpress-theme-isnt-working-what-should-i-do

Hope this helps.

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Antech says

Hello,

You can use wordpress for the entire site if you want, however if you already have a site in your main domain you would need to create a sub domain i.e /blog. When you create the sub domain it will create that folder `blog`

Then you would install wordpress to that sub domain folder then install the theme from within wordpress wp-admin.

Hope this helps

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charlie4282 says

+ 1 Antech’s comments – create the folder (sub domain) /Blog and install and run WP form there.
It is worth noting that depending on the theme you have and the version of WP you are installing that you may need to upgrade your PHP .

Also as I am sure you realize unless you are going to be getting into editing the design of the WP theme (or if it is a duplicate WP version of the HTML in which case you would be better of building the whole thin in WP) that the blog is likely to not look like the rest of the site?

Good luck with it.

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inkbiz says

Hey everyone, thanks for your reply. When I install the custom theme on WP I upload it as a .zip file and then activate it. But the URL shows up as the domain name with the /blog and nothing on the main site as there is no index page set up. I can go through the FTP and do the site from there, but I don’t really know how blogs work.

So in the custom theme, I’m just wondering which files I can add to the /blog to create the blog and expand. If I build the entire site on WP that would be good, but I’m having difficulty understanding where the difference is between site and blog.

laranz, I would like to make a home page and direct them to the blog, but I want to establish a portfolio hosted on the main site and then have the client upload to the blog as she wishes.

Antech and Charlie4282, thanks for your thoughts. I can create the folder as a subdomain, and the installation of WP on Dreamhost does it for me already.

The big question for me is understanding how to put which files where? The theme seems to be the entire site. I’ve watched some tutorials but again, the big question is where does the main site separate from the blog, with regards to files?

Maybe I’m too new for this. I normally do print designs and haven’t programmed a site in years. Just trying to figure this out. Thanks for the input, if you have more ideas that can help me understand, please let me know. Thanks!

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iHelp says

You would unzip the theme package you downloaded from themeforest and upload only the actual theme folder.
Best do it though FTP directly, unzipped, it will go to yourdomain.com/yoursubfolder/wp-content/themes.
This applies if you already installed WordPress to your subdomain.
After that you can activate it from your backend.

It really seems you don’t know much about WordPress after all, so I recommend reading some tutorials or hiring a freelancer of your trust to set it up for you, because explaining all that in the forums will not cover what you need to know, plus I am sure everything written here can be found by googling.

Hope I could help, cheers!

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Antech says

Sounds like you just need wordpress installed on your main domain, you don’t need a sub domain for a blog because its built into wordpress.

You would then use a static page for your home page, contact page etc all within wordpress.

I can set this up for you, if you want? Send us an email through my profile if you trust me to do this for you.

David

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charlie4282 says

Zerimar3: Base don your first post it should be pretty simple to do using FTP and like David you can email at charlie4282@hotmail.com if you want me to help you.

David: Have i got this wrong somehow? (I am in no way criticising what you have said am just curious if I am wrong on this).
He has a HTML built site (not using WP) but wants to add a working blog.
If he adds WP to the main domain will it not cause issues with having the index/contact etc as HTML ? Can you just direct the blog page to read the wordpress or would it not be easier as we both suggested earlier to place the Blog/WP on a subdomain for that sole purpose?
Again in no way arguing with you – just curious. Thanks!

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Antech says

Not sure to be honest, lol

I don`t think he understands that he can have pages portfolio and a blog all from within wordpress, no need for sub domains, html pages, just seems like a lot of hard work having html pages and a blog on a sub domain.

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charlie4282 says

Ah ok i get it – phew thought i was going mad!
Issue I see is he would have to learn how to set the other pages up via WP too.
I agree it would be far simpler to have it all through WP but I guess it depends on the complexity of the design, the ability of the “free custom WP”.
Thanks for setting my mind at rest that I had not confused myself!

Zerimar3 – hope you get this sorted otherwise get in touch with one of us. Good luck

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